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Scottsdale man indicted in alleged kidnapping, burglary plot

Jay Borker, of Scottsdale, has been indicted and charged with conspiracy, money laundering, attempted kidnapping, and attempted second-degree burglary.

City of Scottsdale asks residents to use 5% less water and conserve more

The city of Scottsdale is asking all residents, businesses and visitors to conserve their water usage by at least 5% as the state is now officially in tier one of a Colorado River supply …

Far-right's 'Baked Alaska' gets 30 days in jail over assault

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Far-right social media personality Tim Gionet, who calls himself “Baked Alaska,” was sentenced to 30 days in jail Thursday for misdemeanor convictions arising from an …

Arizona Teacher of the Year nomination process open now

Nomination submissions are open for the Arizona Educational Foundation’s AEF Teacher of the Year program.
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'Rock ‘n’ Roll' marathon to run through Scottsdale

Traffic restrictions and road closures on several major Scottsdale streets will be in effect from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16 for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Drivers are …

Scottsdale, HonorHealth eye improving quality of life for seniors

HonorHealth and the city of Scottsdale have partnered with a company called Blue Zones to bring forward a multi-year plan that can create longevity for the community’s aging population. …
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Hague: Will homeownership in American be for only the privileged?

“I will never sell another piece of real estate,” said my son, Corey. “I regret selling my condo before buying my current house,” he added.

Democratic leaders: Legislature must protect itself, public participants from COVID-19

Dear Speaker Bowers and Senate President Fann, we understand from recent media reports that the decisions announced last week regarding COVID-19 protocols in the House and Senate have not yet been finalized. As you discuss the final arrangements, we urge you to reimplement safety measures that will protect both members and the public and allow for all voices to be heard at the capitol.

Donovan: Today’s Arizona students are tomorrow’s environmental stewards

Arizona’s current drought is coming up on 15 years in length and has surpassed the worst drought in more than 110 years of official record keeping. Arizona’s water reservoirs are severely depleted, and according to the United States Drought Monitor, nearly 99% of Arizona is in some sort of drought.
In this Oct. 14, 2015 file photo, a riverboat glides through Lake Mead on the Colorado River at Hoover Dam near Boulder City, Nevada.

Flores: Congress must pass CRIT Water Resiliency Act

Protecting the Colorado River, providing drought relief and affirming the sovereignty of the Colorado River Indian Tribes — federal legislation enabling water leasing does all three.

Build Back Better: Drug pricing compromise would help patients in Arizona

As Congress continues to consider the Build Back Better Act, meaningful drug pricing reform, including a provision allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, is within our grasp.

Beauvais: Vacation rentals boost Scottsdale & Arizona tourism

It’s time to recognize what vacation rentals have done for Arizona’s tourism economy, especially over the last two pandemic-ridden years. But many local and state officials see only their …

Why going online for a free COVID-19 test falls short

After rejecting a plan for sending a free, at-home COVID-19 testing kit to all Americans, President Joe Biden has responded with something more modest in the face of the rapidly-spreading Omicron variant. Americans are able to request online, from a newly developed federal government website, a free COVID-19 test to be mailed to them.

Rigler: CDC looks at risks in COVID-19 cases among those vaccinated

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has important findings about COVID-19 breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated individuals: It’s extremely rare for a breakthrough case to lead to severe outcomes.

Hickman: Arizona’s 2020 presidential election was well run, accurate

A few days ago, I participated in a four-hour hearing that will hopefully put to bed any lingering questions about the integrity of the November 2020 General Election in Maricopa County.
A demonstrator offers a flower to military police on guard at the Pentagon during an anti-Vietnam demonstration. Arlington, Virginia in 1967.

Echoes of the Vietnam War: Journalists begin to take a stand

I remember the feeling in newsrooms back in the 1960s, as many journalists began to have doubts about the Vietnam War. In those big workspaces where newspapers come together and broadcasts are assembled, the Vietnam War was taken by journalists to be the good guys versus the bad guys — the way it had been in the two world wars and the Korean War.
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Scottsdale Unified approves additional time to claim sick leave

Scottsdale Unified School District has extended the period time its employees could use the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to 2022, which gives workers up to eight days of paid sick leave …
Dr. Scott A. Menzel, Scottsdale Unified School District superintendent, wants to raise student achievement in math as a priority.

Scottsdale public schools’ superintendent puts math first for evaluation

Math is priority No. 1 for Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Scott A. Menzel, who publicly announced, and all but promised to see significant student achievement in six months.
Brielle Ruscitti was student speaker at the Barrett, The Honors College convocation, on Dec. 13, at the Grady Gammage Auditorium on the Arizona State University Tempe Campus.

Barrett graduate Brielle Ruscitti leaves her mark at ASU

Scottsdale's Brielle Ruscitti recently graduated from Arizona State University with honors from Barrett, The Honors College, where she made an impact in academics, leadership and service as an undergraduate.
Scottsdale Unified School District plans to open middle and high schools for in-person instruction on Jan. 19.

Scottsdale Schools meet deadline to revise, reduce budget

An ongoing decline in attendance within the Scottsdale Unified School District has again shrunk its proposed budget.
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Scottsdale school board members support adding teeth to superintendent’s evaluation

Amid an upcoming vote for Scottsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel’s annual evaluation, governing board members are seeking added measurements to justify performance pay. The …
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Duet offers free Family Caregiver Support Group in Scottsdale

Duet is offering in-person and virtual family caregiver support groups for family caregivers who may be overwhelmed while tending to the needs of others.

Duet seeks volunteers, companions to assist the aging population

A 96-year-old Scottsdale resident, Glenna Young was a Duet volunteer for nearly 30 years before she found herself needing some additional help.

Desert Foundation Auxiliary ‘Sister Act’ repeats itself 55 years later

For the second time since the first Ball was held in 1966, the Desert Foundation Auxiliary presented two sisters, who are not twins, at its 55th Desert Ball.

Girl Scout Cookie Season begins Jan. 17 across central, northern Arizona

This year’s cookie season for the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will be Jan. 17-Feb. 27, as Girl Scouts in Arizona participate in the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world: The Girl Scout Cookie Program for six weeks.

Duet’s Poinsettia Tea raises $120K

Duet’s celebrated its 40th anniversary at the 31st Annual Poinsettia Tea on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road in Scottsdale.

At Foothills Animal Rescue, the team is dedicated to providing excellent care to the animals it serves every day of the year regardless of holidays.  The Scottsdale-based rescue and boutique …

AZADI Fine Rugs donated a number of disadvantaged children this holiday season thanks to the work of founder David Neishabori, who prioritizes the effort. Teaming up with the design community …
Scottsdale-based Rose Law Group pc, has announced a new space law practice. This revolutionary new practice is a first for Arizona and it will involve assisting clients in the space and satellite …
The pandemic has left professional sports in a constant state of flux, and with spring training on the horizon in Arizona, officials with the Cactus League are preparing themselves for any outcome.
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Scottsdale Gallery Association announces Western Week Themed Gold Palette ArtWalk scheduled for Feb. 3.

Scottsdale Gallery Association announces Western Week-themed Gold Palette ArtWalk

The Scottsdale Gallery Association looks forward to hosting its annual Western Week themed Gold Palette ArtWalk from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 3, throughout the Scottsdale Arts District.
The Walter Art Gallery will present “From Darkness to Light,” Jan. 21-Feb. 18.

The Walter Art Gallery will exhibit ‘From Darkness to Light’ showing cancer masks

The Walter Art Gallery will present “From Darkness to Light,” an exhibit of cancer treatment radiation masks transformed into artistic sculptures using custom-mesh masks that were molded to faces of cancer patients during radiation treatment of the head and neck.
"A Room of One's Own" mixed media by Jill Friedberg

Jill Friedberg solo exhibition ‘A Room of One’s Own’ to debut in Scottsdale

Jill Friedberg will debut her latest mixed media series of paintings and sculpture at the Eric Fischl Gallery located at the Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix.
David Haff’s “My Bleeding Heart” is among the artworks featured in “FIRST: Native American Arizona’s Artists” at Civic Center Public Gallery.

Indigenous artists honor past, present in new Scottsdale Arts exhibition

Scottsdale Public Art will host the “FIRST: Native American Artists of Arizona” Exhibition from Jan. 10  through Mar. 30,  at Scottsdale Civic Center Library.
Applications for the 68th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Historic Parade entries are accepted through Jan. 24

Scottsdale Parada del Sol parade entry applications are accepted through Jan. 24

Applications for the 68th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Historic Parade entries are being taken through Jan. 24.

Cam DeCaussin’s solo exhibition is extended through Jan 9 at Royse Contemporary

Royse Contemporary has the “at home” exhibition on display through Jan. 9, in the Scottsdale Arts District in the Marshall Square complex, 7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale.
Shown from left, Janet Craig, Judson Mills, Zoe Noelle Baker (lying).

‘Wake Up’ premieres in Scottsdale with panel discussion on Jan. 4

Foster youth in suburban America are ensnared by a sex trafficking ring in the new dramatic feature film, Wake Up, which will premiere Jan. 4, in Scottsdale at Harkins Theaters, followed by a special question-and-answer panel with the filmmakers, local leaders and community.
Close up of Knoodle art director, Ben Heimer, working on a license plate design for the Arizona Rodeo.

Local art director designs Arizona rodeo nostalgia on license plate

Rodeo fans can operate their vehicle with a genuine rodeo license plate thanks to an art director, Ben Heimer, who has designed a license plate for the Arizona Rodeo.

Fountain Hills Theater presents one-night concert with award-winning entertainer

For over 40 years, award-winning entertainer and impressionist T.A. Burrows has used his unique vocal talents to delight audiences with the voices of legendary singers like Frank Sinatra, Neil …
The annual Demonstrations… and Donuts ArtWalk spotlights everyday heroes, serving as a fundraiser for the 100 Club of Arizona, a non-profit organization that assists statewide public safety agencies, officers, firefighters and EMT/paramedics as well as their families.

First ArtWalk of the year in Scottsdale Arts District is Jan. 13

The Scottsdale Gallery Association is ringing in 2022 with its annual “Demonstration… and Donuts” Gold Palette ArtWalk, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 13.
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